While prepping a sneak preview of April's Paris Sketch letter, I discovered a little noted fact. Les fritures - the mini chocolate fish shapes specially eaten today, the 1st of April (poisons d'avril) are all facing left.
Is this a political statement?
"I couldn't possibly comment".
Many Parisian chocolate fish for Paques(Easter) have leftist leanings.
Jean-Paul Hevin's fish are left-facing and quite realistic, though I couldn't possible identify the species. Can you?
Even with the added brightly-colored bows.
His ganache-filled fish are classic Sardines.
Hevin's elegant chocolate scallop bivalves are not letting on their political preferences.
This glorious Hevin huge chocolate egg is embossed/engraved with gold scallops. Eggs and seafood go together at Easter in Paris, as long as they're chocolate.
More fish facts. You should know almost all larger French chocolate eggs, rabbits, bells are hollow molds, are held together with ribbon and filled with mini flat chocolate fish (garnis de fritures). Except here, the little fish are double-sided and filled with praline.
It should also be noted that Angelina, so far, is about the only place you'll find a mixture of milk, white and dark fritures(mini fish) in case you lean in that direction.
Gerard Mulot is offering a wider variety of fish I'm happy to report. Though they may appear to be facing to the right, don't forget they are two-faced so can swim both ways.
Chocolatier Sadaharu Aoki is Japanese so may not be aware of the importance of French fish orientation.
Chocolatier Patrick Roger is mainly focused on gigantic cow-eggs.
For total fishy immersion head over to Fauchon Madeleine.
Mini-sand buckets, sardine cans, you name it at Fauchon - Paris' fish central.
Here fish swim both ways. Non-political fish?
A special fish éclair for poisson d'avril.
In Fauchon's savory department you'll find eclairs of real fish flavors.
Artiga has a special Easter offer - little fish purses that come with a packet of chocolate fritures through April 6. Hurry over to 22, rue des quatre vents 75006
Last night Solli and I made like fish in aquagym class at piscine Saint-Germain. I need to do this daily!
Health food chain Naturalia would like you to eat rabbits for Easter as long as they're chocolate.
Happy Poisson d'avril to you PBers!